The kultarr (Antechinomys laniger) is a species of Dasyurid marsupial from Australia. They inhabit most of arid Australia in plains, deserts, and scattered forests, though a few populations have been found in salt marshes.

Kultarrs have large back feet that allow them to hop as an adaptation to the hot climates they live in so they can quickly move across hot sands. Their large ears are filled with blood vessels that allow blood to cool, thus cooling the bodies. They normally avoid the midday heat however and hide in burrows until night. Kultarrs are carnivores that feed upon small invertebrates.

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Kultarr (Antechinomys laniger)

Also known as the Marsupial Jerboa, Wuhl-wuhl, Pitchi-pitchi or the Jerboa Pouched mouse, the Kultarr is a species of carnivorous marsupial native to Central and Southern Australia. Like most Dasyuromorphians the Kultarr is a solitary carnivore and will feed on small invertebrates like insects and spiders. Kultarrs are often found in arid regions like deserts, plains and woodlands, but some populations have thrived in salt marshes. They nest in abandoned burrows or soil cracks.

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Kultarr

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Antechinomys laniger

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Dasyuromorphia
Family: Dasyuridae
Genus: Antechinomys
Species:  A. laniger

Well adapted to a range of habitats, from scattered woodland to scrubby semidesert, the kultarr preys at night on grubs and similar small invertebrates. It bounds on its relatively large, 4-toed rear feet, but lands on its front legs (like a rabbit). It has large ears and dark-ringed eyes, a thin, pointed face, and a compact body. Its long tail has a dark-tufted tip. The fur is fawn or brown above and white underneath.

Location: Central and Southern Australia
Length: 2 3/4 - 4 in (7 - 10 cm)
Tail: 4 - 6 in (10 - 15 cm)
Weight: 7/8 - 1 1/4 oz (25 - 35 g)
Social Unit: Individual
Conservation Status: Vulnerable

Reproduction: Marsupial

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